May 2012 - Trip to San Diego

May 2012: San Diego - Zoo by apple-pine
May 2012: San Diego - Zoo, a photo by apple-pine on Flickr.
San Diego was unexpectedly cold, very pretty in purple jacaranda trees and extremely interesting to sketch - no matter where we were :)

Below are some of the highlights of the trip - with comments.

Drawing San Diego May 2012: San Diego - Maritime Museum
May 2012: San Diego - Maritime Museum 
Maritime museum is a treasure - it has a replica of San Salvador, wonderful Star of India which is the world's oldest active sailing ship, plus Cook, Melville, Gauguin - Three Voyages to Paradise exhibition and two submarines! (I had to draw the Russian one :)
Oh - and docent on the steam boat was amazing - and not only because of grand mustache :) We got to see steam boat guts at work with detailed explanation and that's a first one for me!

Zoo was great - we started early and saw lots of animals have their breakfast. A lot of ground to cover though!
Giant Panda May 2012: San Diego - Zoo 
There were two pandas - one was eating, one was sleeping. I don;t remember which one was which :)
May 2012: San Diego - Zoo 
This was first time I saw Fossa - and it did not disappoint me - surprising mixture of cat-like features and ferret-like movements, large paws, very long tail. And very very very fast subject to draw... both heads and tail us what I got from life - the rest I tried to add from the photo...

May 2012: San Diego - Zoo May 2012: San Diego - Natural History Museum
And we visited some other museums - and first one was Natural History with great collection of skeletons for me to draw :)

To see everything form this trip go to: 
May 2012: San Diego Trip at a Glance